Definition of trite
: hackneyed or boring from much use : not fresh or original
Examples of trite in a Sentence
The wrong sort of built environment, she argued, wrecked the social fabric of cities. This view seems almost trite today, but in the 1960's it was insurgent. —Robert Kuttner, New York Times Book Review, 12 Mar. 2000
Experts are always unique (their tritest pronouncements are packaged as news) … —Wendy Kaminer, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 1990
Its wares are soiled with frequent handling; its styles are so hackneyed, trite, and homogeneous, they constitute a single style … —Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983
That argument has become trite.
by the time the receiving line had ended, the bride and groom's thanks sounded trite and tired
Recent Examples of trite from the Web
Some of the things that were making me so miserable being in the relationship now truly seem so trite, maybe a symptom of personal change rather than a sign of anything wrong with us.
That may sound trite, but the past six months of problems off the field dwarfed all of the ills the Spartans experienced on it during last season’s 3-9 disaster.
With its evocation of an Egyptian pyramid, and the cylindrical theater that resembles a giant snare drum, Pei's design may sound overly representational, if not actually trite.
The jokes about cultural difference, trite and offensive to some Japanese audiences, are also boring.
This said a lot more to me about courage than any of the trite dialogue did.
Walk On,’ a salve about hope and redemption that seemed trite and mawkish several months ago.
The novel accumulates intensity by spurning trite expectations — about New York and about the Nigerian central character’s life there as a medical student.
Arguments about localism and sustainability may seem trite when most of the customers travel thousands of miles to eat a meal.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Synonym Discussion of trite
TRITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trite for English Language Learners
: not interesting or effective because of being used too often : not fresh or original
TRITE Defined for Kids
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up trite? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).